Suburban Assault

Suburban Wildlife

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It’s pretty common to see possum, small birds, squirrels and even small rabbits around my hood. Since the area is a bit older and the trees are more established, nature is making its way back. With the exception of the occasional squirrel that falls into my chimney (still trying to find that opening), we welcome the migration.

Of course, when you have an abundance of small critters scampering around your yards, nature has a way of bringing in things that like to eat them. I’ve seen a few hawks and owls flying overhead at a great distance, looking for a nice meal – but never this close.

Suburban Hawk 02

Suburban Hawk 03

This hawk hung out on a pretty low branch for about five minutes – until a swarm of smaller birds chased him off.

This is exactly why I enjoy riding my bike around my neighborhood. You miss this when you’re boxed in your car. Granted, if the coyotes and bobcats ever start to migrate back, the car doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

Written by dickdavid

February 27, 2012 at 6:50 am

Posted in Misc, Richardson

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  1. Excellent find, and another reminder of how there are definite trade-offs associated with going faster.

    I was able to video a few goats hopping over a small stream yesterday…because I was on the bike.


    February 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

  2. Ah, I love the urban wildlife spotting. Great photos! I met a coyote on the trail last week and it trotted into the woods at the sight of me. There are a lot of them here this year and, unsurprisingly, fewer hares.


    February 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm

  3. […] blog, which aims to document his experience exploring neighborhoods by bike. Check out his post on suburban wildlife – something “you miss when you’re boxed in your […]

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